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Manitsoq Greenland Cruise Port Guide


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Maniitsoq fully lives up to its name, which means "the rugged place". Deep, narrow fjords and some of the highest mountains in West Greenland are typical for the area. Maniitsoq is also surrounded by an impressive archipelago, where many of the town's almost 3,000 inhabitants have built hunting and weekend cabins. A sailing trip on Hamborger Sound north of Maniitsoq is a breathtaking experience in a sheltered sound where the water is smooth and flat in contrast to Maniitsoq's jagged mountain peaks.

Tours Excursions Transportation:

In Greenland there are no roads connecting the towns, so all transport takes place by plane or by ship. The Arctic climate, which at times can be extreme, places great demands on safety during transport, demands which Greenland's transport companies satisfy in full. When travelling over shorter distances outside the towns the local population use their own boats, dogsleds or snowmobiles.

Nearby Places:

In the area around Maniitsoq you can go angling in the summer, take a hike or a sailing trip to the glacier-filled Evighedsfjord (The Fjord of Eternity) with its 2,000-metre (6,500 feet) high mountains. The area around Maniitsoq is ideal for kayaking and for many years has also been considered to be one of the most exciting and challenging skiing areas in Greenland for both alpine and cross-country disciplines. The area offers fantastic opportunities for skiing on the extensive mountainous and glacial areas north and east of Maniitsoq with the chance to try heli-skiing from March to the end of May and ski-touring, which can be done at all times of the year.

Shopping and Food

Souvenirs from Greenland are unique, handmade works of art the like of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Each product is shaped and designed by a Greenlandic artist, who manages to follow tradition and custom, whilst at the same time creating unique works incorporating his or her own ideas and skills. As a visitor, you will have plenty of opportunity to find precisely what you are looking for.


Credit cards can be used at many hotels, restaurants and shops, but it is recommended that you bring a small amount of Danish kroner with you to Greenland, as some ATMs may not be in service at the weekend.

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As a visitor to Greenland you will find that you understand absolutely nothing when Greenlandic is spoken – or ‘kalaallisut', as it is called, which actually means ‘the Greenlanders' language'.

Danish is more or less the second language. English less so.

Internet and e-mail – take your laptop with you Hotspots have been established in most major hotels so that you can access the Internet. There are Internet cafés in a number of the bigger towns and at several tourist offices it is also possible to check your web mail.

The mobile phone system in Greenland is GSM 900/1800

Opening Hours and Holidays:

In the major towns supermarkets are typically open on weekdays from 10:00 – 17:30, on Fridays until 18:00 and Saturdays from 09:00 – 13:00. In many towns, however, there are corner shops and grocer's shops that have longer opening hours and which are also open on Sundays.

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